The Pixel 3a and 3a XL
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Pixel 3a, 3a XL launched in India; prices start 39,999

  • The Pixel 3a is priced at 39,999 while the Pixel 3a XL will be sold at 44,999
  • The smartphones go on sale starting 15 May

At its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, software giant Google launched its new Pixel 3a range of devices. The stripped down and cheaper yet familiar looking offerings of the Pixel 3 series come in two models— Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The former is priced at 39,999 while the latter will be sold at 44,999. The smartphones would be available for sale starting 15 May exclusively via Flipkart.

The two smartphones remain largely untouched in terms of design, except that instead of using premium frosted glass, Google has gone for a polycarbonate back to cut costs. The two smartphones carry forward the two-tone design from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

The two smartphones will come in 'Just Black' and 'Clearly White' colour variants. A brand new colour variant in purple will be available in other markets but not in India.

Two factors distinguish the Pixel 3a and 3a XL—screen size and battery.

The Pixel 3a is lit by a 5.6-inch FHD+ gOLED display while the Pixel 3a XL has a bigger 6-inch FHD+ gOLED display. The former has a 3,000mAh battery while the latter is backed by a 3,700mAh battery.

The two smartphones rock Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 670 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage.

In terms of optics, the Pixel 3a series takes forward the legacy further with a 12.2MP dual-pixel Sony IMX363 rear facing camera. At the front is an 8MP sensor camera with f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus and 84-degree field of view.

The Pixel 3a comes with almost all the camera features as the Pixel 3. These include night sight, top shot, portrait mode, motion auto focus, playground and even the recently launched photobooth mode.

On the software front, Pixel 3a smartphones run on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

The two smartphones also come with Pixel-exclusive features like Google Assistant’s call screen, AR Core, Digital Wellbeing, and Adaptive Battery.

Connectivity options on Pixel 3a and 3a XL include USB Type-C port, single nano SIM support, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC.

The smartphone is also eSIM (embedded SIM) enabled. This means you can set up your connection on screen the moment you power on your device. Alternatively, you can use a physical SIM card - you’ll find the SIM tray on the upper left side of the phone. Reliance Jio and Airtel would support the eSIM functionality in India.